Obasanjo: Budget2016 Padding Allegation Confirms My Position that National Assembly Is Corrupt

July 25, 2016, 11:40 am

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday said that recent revelations coming out of the National Assembly on the padding of the 2016Budget has confirmed his allegation that the National Assembly is  a host to corrupt people.

Obasanjo, who spoke to newsmen at the State House after  a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja, advised Buhari to be very vigilant in his dealing with the members of National Assembly.

The former president said he came to the State House to brief the president on his recent trips to the Gambia and Liberia.

Although informed Presidential Villa sources said Obasanjo also raised issues bordering on the spat between Buhari and former military president Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida at the closed door meeting.  

He was asked ‎by newsmen if he was concerned  about fresh allegations of corruption emanating from the National Assembly and he replied; "Well, if you said that I have said it in the past and if there are people who didn't believe what I said ‎in the past then you  now say that what has come out confirms what I said in the past, then you can say what I said in the past is what I will say now. "

Asked if he would want the allegation of budget padding to be investigated, Obasanjo said, ‎ "It Is not question of investigation, we should get men and women of integrity in the place and the president should be very vigilant, whatever should not pass should not pass.‎"

On why he was visiting the Villa this time, Obasanjo, who arrived the villa at about 12: 30 pm and headed straight into Mr. Buhari’s office, said, "I am visiting this time because I have some messages for the president. Not too long ago I was in Liberia and Gambia and I have messages these two countries will want me to deliver to the president.

"Also, only yesterday, I came back from Seychelles Island where I attended this year's Annual General meeting of Africa Export Development Bank. And there are aspects of the proceedings that I think I should update the President. 

Whe‎n asked if he is enjoying travelling around, he said: "Travelling is a good education, what you will learn about a country by visiting that country for two or three days you won't learn by reading through books."

Obasanjo said he did not intend to slow down.

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